Meat: Tests will NOT be suspended

Despite warnings in Costa Rica that there was a deficit in the budget of Senasa, the institution in charge of applying tests to exported and imported meats, the authorities assure that the execution of these tests will not be interrupted.

Friday, June 4, 2021

A few days ago, the livestock sector had warned that the entity could be forced to suspend the tests applied to meat products, a situation that could affect the health of consumers.
Regarding this issue, an official statement highlights that the National Animal Health Service (Senasa), of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, clarifies that the National Laboratory of Veterinary Services (Lanaseve) has not stopped and will not suspend residue analysis of meat products marketed nationally and internationally, since for the institution it is a priority to watch over public health.

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German Rojas, Director General of Senasa said that "... it is important to emphasize that the budget granted to Senasa has been affected due to the fiscal situation that the country is going through, which has forced a strict reduction in public spending. However, thanks to the agreements with the meat industry, which has supported with the purchase of reagents, we can continue guaranteeing the safety of Costa Rican meat, while an extraordinary budget is presented before the deputies that would allow, if we have the support of the legislators, to normalize the situation."

The presentation of the extraordinary budget was delayed, due to the fact that a planning was required to secure the funds through fresh resources, the same was sent by Minister Alvarado to the Ministry of Finance, who already approved the requested amount and will be transferred in the next few days to the Legislative Assembly for study by the deputies, details the document.

Rojas added that "... therefore, our consumers can be sure that the meat marketed in the country and exported is safe for human consumption and that the meat sector will not be affected."

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